Allen Lee

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The Honourable
Allen Lee Peng-fei
李鵬飛
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Chairman of the Liberal Party
In office
26 June 1993 – 24 May 1998
Succeeded by James Tien
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1988-1992
Appointed by Baron Wilson of Tillyor
Preceded by Baroness Dunn
Member of the Hong Kong Parliament
for New Territories North-east
In office
1993–1998
Personal details
Born (1940-04-24) 24 April 1940 (age 74)
Shandong, China
Nationality Chinese
Political party Liberal Party
Residence Hong Kong

Allen Lee Peng Fei (Chinese: 李鵬飛) (born 24 April 1940 in Yantai, Shandong), CBE, JP, is a founding member of Liberal Party of Hong Kong, veteran Hong Kong politician, political programme radio host and TV host. Jonathan Dimbleby described him as a "weather vane" in his book The Last Governor.

Lee was a senior member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, before seats were opened to elections. He was formerly the leader of the Liberal Party.

He was elected a deputy to the National People's Congress in late 1997. On 19 February 2004, he announced his resignation from his seat in the National People's Congress and his job as a radio host, complaining that he was not allowed to express himself freely.

Biography[edit]

His father, who represented General Motors, among other US companies, emigrated to the United States of America in 1948.[1]

At the age of 14, he was a leader of the Communist Youth League, and organised marches denouncing the United States because of its involvement in the Korean War. In May 1954, his mother sent him to Macau through Guangzhou, with the hope of getting to Hong Kong. He arrived in Hong Kong waters aboard a Portuguese merchant ship.[1]

At the age of 38, Lee became the youngest appointee to the Legislative Council when he was invited in 1978 by governor, Murray MacLehose. In 1986, he was the first ever person without a British passport to serve on his Executive Council.[1]

Lee Peng-fei was the leader of the Liberal Party until the end of 1998. In 1995, he was elected in the constituency of New Territories North-East (mainly covering the Tai Po District), but on failing to secure his seat in the 1998 election, he resigned the leadership position.

Radio host[edit]

Lee had replaced Albert Jing Han Cheng, who resigned a week earlier, as host of Teacup in the Storm, a popular current affairs programme on Commercial Radio. Cheng resigned because he had been under pressure from pro-Beijing businessmen to stop being critical of the People's Republic of China government. Lee also resigned as the host citing the same reason.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fionnuala McHugh, The interview: Allen Lee Peng-fei, The Standard, 20 June 1999
Legislative Council of Hong Kong
Preceded by
Lydia Dunn
Senior Chinese Unofficial Member
1988–1992
Office abolished
Senior Unofficial Member
1988–1992
Preceded by
Fung Chi-wood
as Representative for New Territories North
Member of Legislative Council
Representative for New Territories North-east
1995–1997
Replaced by Provisional Legislative Council
New parliament Member of Provisional Legislative Council
1997–1998
Replaced by Legislative Council
Party political offices
New political party Chairman of the Liberal Party
1993–1998
Succeeded by
James Tien